It’s always fascinating to watch someone learn something. Thanks to Peter Heller for taking us in to his creative process.
I am taking this wonderful class on Luminous Structures at RISD, taught by Cory Lund (sculpture MFA student) and Ipek Kosova (glass MFA student). We had to start the class by doing a presentation on an artist or aspect of glass and mirror, and I reported on Robert Smithson (whom I had NOT previously known about). He is fascinating, all his work with mirror and then the Displaced Mirrors/Incidents of Mirror Travel in Yucatan and the beginnings of Land Art leading up to Spiral Jetty.
– We also got trained on the amazing maker resources at RISD, including an ultraviolet printer that prints on glass — and for my test print I printed a photo of one of my dahlias on glass.
– From there it was several natural steps to:
– make a 3-sided mirror cube a la Smithson
– sandblast pieces of glass into the forms of the flowers (and sandblasting the back helps the image stand out)
– UV print a bunch of photos of dahlias I have grown onto the glass
– assemble it all into one piece
– The two photos that were taken outdoors were taken with the piece sitting in the garden where the dahlias grew 🙂 Site-Nonsite-Site to riff on Mr. Smithson.
– Different people see different things in the piece — desert flowers, or planets. Sometimes it reminds me of those cheesy “flower garden” kits we would get as kids, where you drop special crystals in a bowl and add water, and they grow up into stalagmites in bright pastel colors similar to these.